Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Center for Pacific Islands Studies 60th Anniversary Year

On the evening of February 25, the official opening reception for the Center for Pacific Islands Studies' 60th anniversary was held in the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections reading room. Hawaiian Curator and H&P dept. head Joan Hori welcomed the group of over 100 guests with an oli. The Pan-Pacific Association (which is comprised of students in the CPIS and other UH programs) performed songs and dances from throughout the Pacific. Many of the guests were CPIS alumni, including legislators Kalani English and Clayton Hee, who are pictured here presenting a special legislative proclamation to Dr. Vilsoni Hereniko, the Center's current director. Also picture are Dr. David Hanlon and Dr. Robert Kiste (from left), both of whom are former directors of the Center.

The evening's festivities were just the first in a series of events that will take place throughout 2010, culminating in November with the annual CPIS Conference. Other events include a film series, which kicks off with screenings of the climate-change documentary Beautiful Islands April 18-22, as part of the Hawaii International Film Festival. A lecture series will be held throughout the fall.

More details will be posted here as events approach.

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